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Is it possible to have gastric bypass surgery if you have hepatitis c?

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Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease 28 years experience
Maybe: The hepatitis c itself won't be a barrier to this surgery. The question will be how much damage there is to the liver. People with cirrhosis are at higher risk for complications from any surgery, including bypass.
Dr. Gregg Nishi
Bariatrics 23 years experience
Hepatitis C: Yes if you don't have active liver disease like acute hepatitis or cirrhosis.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

Hepatitis c and gastric bypass surgery? Can you have gastric bypass surgery if you have hepatitis c?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Hepatitis : Hepatitis c is not an absolute contraindication to bypass surgery. A lot depends on the current status of your liver function. Your physician will likely perform liver function tests as part of their evaluation. They may also recommend an ultrasound to evaluate the liver as well as the gallbladder if it is still present. If you have cirrhosis or hepatocellular cancer as a complication of your hepatitis c then you likely have other problems to deal with and bypass surgery is not right for you. If you have normal liver function then there is no absolute contraindication. This is when a conversation with your surgeon is key to understand risks and benefits as they apply to you. Be sure to discuss options in weight loss surgery with your doctor. Lap band and lap bypass are very different surgeries and each has its own risk and benefit.

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